Review: The Ghost of Winter Joy

Posted on February 3, 2014

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Ghost-Winter-coverThe Ghost of Winter Joy: The Adventures of Rupert Starbright (Volume 3)
By Mike DiCerto
Zumaya Publications
December 2013
196 pages

Book 3 in the Adventures of Rupert Starbright series finds our hero stuck raking leaves in boring, old Graysland. To his amazement he uncovers a small golden bell buried in the yardback. His father Polgus seizes the bell and tries to get rid of it but Rupert rescues it from the trash. When he shows it to his grandma she tells him that golden bells – or gildens – were part of Winter Joy which is no longer celebrated in Graysland. Rupert is determined to find out why. His curiosity takes him on a journey to the past where he strikes up a friendship with the child version of his own Grandma Folka.

But all is not what it seems. A creepy character named Gripper pursues Rupert from the dull present into the shadowy past. While the past might be history, Imaginings still play a big part. This time around with the help of two giant parakeets and a mysterious globe that contains a cat with glowing eyes, Rupert battles spider creatures, an army of skeletons, and flaming firebirds as he endeavors to uncover Gripper’s evil scheme.

And oh yeah, who is this Moxie Starbright character anyway?

As with all the Rupert Starbright adventures, imagination is the key to solving all sorts of problems. If you are already a fan of Mike DiCerto’s brilliant fantasy series, Book 3 reveals a few more pieces of this entertaining puzzle. If you have not yet discovered Rupert Starbright, The Ghost of Winter Joy is the perfect book to spark your curiosity and send you scrambling for Book 1 (The Door to Far-Myst) and Book 2 (The Secret of My-Myst) so you, too, can enjoy all the wonder and magic the imagination has to offer.   ~ Copyright (c) 2014 by Peggy Tibbetts

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